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OF Andy Dirks lands with Blue Jays
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Outfielder Andy Dirks has been picked up by the Blue Jays. He was claimed off waivers from Detroit.

Dirks missed the 2014 season with back and hamstring injuries.

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Tigers bring back righty reliever Joakim Soria
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

What was expected is now reality - the Tigers have picked up their option on right-handed reliever Joakim Soria. The team is starved for bullpen help.

Soria could not wrest the closer job away from struggling Joe Nathan, but he did walk just six in 44 1/3 innings in splitting time between Texas and Detroit. His ERA rose from 2.70 to 3.25 after the trade, however, and he gave up five earned runs in just one inning pitched during the playoff sweep defeat to Baltimore.

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Athletics pick up OF Andrew Brown off waivers
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Athletics have signed outfielder Andrew Brown off waivers from the Mets.

Brown played briefly for New York early in the season, compiling just eight hits in 44 at-bats and a stat line of .182/.245/.341.

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Red Sox decline option on RHP Craig Breslow
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

What was expected has become reality - the Red Sox have declined their option on left-handed reliever Craig Breslow. He had a $100,000 buyout.

Breslow followed up a brilliant 2013 with a terrible year. He allowed 91 baserunners in 54 1/3 innings and compiled a 5.96 ERA out of the bullpen.

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Report: Josh Johnson to test free agent market
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Injury-plagued right-hander Josh Johnson will test out free agency rather than attempt to secure a contract with the Padres, according to MLBDailyDish.com.

The two sides, however, do have a mutual interest in bringing him back.

Johnson underwent Tommy John surgery in April and has not pitched a full season since 2012.

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Indians exercise option on INF/OF Mike Aviles
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

What was anticipated has become official - the Indians have picked up their $3.5 million option on utility man Mike Aviles for 2015.

Aviles played both outfield and infield while compiling a stat line of .247/.273/.343 this season. He also tied a career-high with 14 stolen bases.

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Brewers pick up option on RHP Yovanni Gallardo
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Brewers have exercised their 2015 option on veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo , per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Gallardo managed a career-worst 8-11 record this season, though his 3.51 ERA was the best he has achieved in a full season. That success was greatly the result of improved control - he walked just 54 in 192 1/3 innings. He also allowed 195 hits, representing the first time he has surrendered more hits than innings pitched.

He is set to make $13 million next year.

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Agent: Former Red Sox standout Kevin Youkilis retiring
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Former Red Sox standout third baseman Kevin Youkilis has called it quits, his agent told the Boston Herald.

Youkilis, who retires with a .281 lifetime average and 150 home runs, played in Japan last season and batted just .215 in 65 at-bats.

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Brewers decline option on 2B Rickie Weeks
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Second baseman Rickie Weeks, who has been playing with the Brewers since 2003, will be wearing a different uniform in 2015, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which is reporting that the team will not pick up his $14.5 option.

The 32-year-old Weeks has certainly played himself out of that salary range. His production has dropped markedly in recent years, though his .274 average this season was his highest since 2006. Weeks, however, earned just 252 at-bats and struck out an alarming 73 times.

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Rays expected to pick up option on 2B Ben Zobrist
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Rays are expected to exercise their $7.5 option on second baseman Ben Zobrist before its Saturday deadline, per the Tampa Bay Times.

The 2014 season was marked by consistency and production from Zobrist, who was voted the team's most valuable player by the local baseball writers. He compiled a stat line of .272/.354/.395, scored 83 runs and added 10 stolen bases.

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